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Looses power on long uphill grade. We have a 2002 chevy malibu.

Engine starts missing on the long pull. Will not shift properly.

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OK this could be quite a few things. But my bet is air or fuel. Verify & I mean look at it. Is the Air filter clean so many shops are charging for but not replacing them. Last 3 cars I work on had this issue. Next MAP sensor may need cleaning or replacement. This is a known issue on these cars. If these check OK I would have fuel pressure checked next. you may have a clogged fuel filter or a failing pump.

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Fig. Throttle Actuator Control electrical connector


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